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First, Do No Harm

Today on my Facebook feed is a news story about young girls soaking tampons in Vodka and using them to get drunk AND this little beauty: You read that right, this brand of essential oils is being touted as fighting Ebola and that is being propagated by licensed massage therapists. I have only one thingContinue Reading …

Why I won’t sell skinny massage

There’s nothing like a good, meaty ethical topic to sink your teeth into, is there? I love ethics and I’m fortunate that a lot of you send me emails or Facebook messages about interesting ethical topics. Every now and then, I am very lucky that one of you gets so passionate about an ethical issueContinue Reading …

Online Education – Susan Salvo Interview

For my last interview on online education, I tapped Susan Salvo. Susan and I are Facebook friends and I’ve learned a great deal from her about teaching and being a better massage educator. She has great experience teaching massage students and massage continuing education. Susan Salvo is a board certified massage therapist with 30+ yearsContinue Reading …

Online Education – Whitney Lowe Interview

When it comes to online education, one of the names that comes up is Whitney Lowe. Whitney Lowe began exploring massage in the mid 1980s. He has been teaching pathophysiology, rehabilitation strategies, massage therapy applications, and other topics in rehabilitation science for over 2 decades. He teaches live and online courses in Orthopedic Massage. You canContinue Reading …

Online Education – Jan Schwartz Interview

As I’ve published posts on online education, some of my readers have sent suggestions on who I should talk to. One of those names that keeps coming up is Jan Schwartz. Jan Schwartz, M.A. is co-founder and president of Education and Training Solutions, a web-based elearning company which designs and hosts online courses. She hasContinue Reading …

What I learned: my first online ethics course

In my last post, I wrote about all of the nuts and bolts it took for me to create an  online ethics course for massage therapists. Today, I’m going to discuss some of what I learned from the beta testers. Note: beta testers are people who sign up to use a piece of software orContinue Reading …

Creating an online ethics course

Before I dive in to the geeky and technical stuff about creating an online ethics course for massage therapists, I’d like to explain why I thought it was worth the time, trouble and expense. It’s all about Geography I live in Washington, one of the most beautiful states in the US. From where I live, I’mContinue Reading …

Online Education – the Flipped Classroom

As part of my series on online education in massage therapy, I’m looking at how other teachers are using the internet in their teaching. I’m bringing that information to you. I was talking to Annie Lacroix, of the Columbia River Institute of Massage Therapy, recently and she mentioned that she uses a “Flipped Classroom” inContinue Reading …

Online Education – an exploration

This is a topic I’ve wanted to write about for a long while. I even talked about the topic on the MassageNerd show last year. But I’ve held off writing about it because it didn’t feel like there was enough critical mass to make the topic worthwhile. But that’s changing. Online learning isn’t just ToolsContinue Reading …

There is nothing new you can write, and why it doesn’t matter

So there I was, staring off into the distance while the copy machine was cranking out 17 copies of class handouts when one of the recent grads working at the school asked me about blogging. Basically, he wanted to know Why should I blog? He has a brand new website and he wants people toContinue Reading …

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